Black Panther is a box-office juggernaut. It smashed all opening weekend expectations when it opened to a tremendous 3-day figure of $202 million followed by a 4-day total of $241 million. But Marvel’s latest effort isn’t satisfied yet as it looks set to pick up more records and accomplishments along its box-office journey. At the end of its first week, the movie has crossed the $300 million mark at the domestic box-office and its second week run has begun with it lapping up $548 million worldwide. Moreover, the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has helped the franchise cross a staggering $14 billion in box-office receipts.
It’s domestic gross is already more than half the films released in the MCU thus far. In a day or two more, it should also cross the lifetime box-office total of Iron Man. When compared to its counterpart DC, Black Panther has now made more domestically than the lifetime US gross of Justice League and Man of Steel and is all set to surpass the US total of Batman v Superman in a few days. At this rate, it should definitely settle at a total north of $400 million which, if it happens, will make it the top five highest grossing movies in the MCU domestically. As of now, Black Panther is looking at a second weekend estimate of $100 million which is higher than the opening weekend figures of most movies itself.
Black Panther opened last week to almost unanimously positive critic and audience reviews and has become kind of a movement in itself. It currently sits at Rotten Tomatoes as the highest received movie of all time with a 97% Certified Fresh rating as well as the best reviewed movie at Cinema Score with an A+ rating. And all this is despite the efforts of a certain segment of fandom to sabotage the movie’s scores, which could account for the low user scores at IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. At this rate, Black Panther is going to wind up a lot of records before ending what could very well go down as a historic run.